THURSDAY, MAY 21

FIESTA—¡Ay caramba! At tonight's Sabor a México event, eight of the city's best Mexican restaurants dish up margaritas, tapas, a flaming taco grill, and classy salsa music to raise mucho dinero for Latino immigrant education grants. The more you drink, the more they learn! SM

w/Caña Son, Art Villoria; Jupiter Hotel, 800 E Burnside, 6 pm, $30

XO—It's impossible for this Oregonian to describe Elliott Smith's impact without sounding sappy or hyperbolic, so I'm not even going to try. Just know that tonight at Reading Frenzy, Matt LeMay introduces his reflections on Smith's 1998 major label debut, XO, in the newest installment from Continuum's 33 1/3 series of pocket-sized books about seminal albums. AH

Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 7 pm, FREE

FRIDAY, MAY 22

PICKIN'—Newly backed by Columbia Records and the Midas touch of über-producer Rick Rubin, the Avett Brothers have fully launched their energetic, heartfelt, bluegrass-twinged roots rock into the big time. Listen to songs from the eagerly anticipated I and Love and You (due out August 11) as they play a two-night stand right here in Bridgetown. NL

w/Jason Webley, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, Fri May 22 & Sat May 23, 9 pm, $20-22, all ages

42—Half of Black Star (alongside Talib Kweli) and the Brooklyn-born mastermind behind Black on Both Sides, Mos Def might be better known now as the dude from Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Despite his presence on movie screens, though, he's still got it as a quick-witted, charismatic emcee. EH

w/the Knux, Lilla D'Mone, Gen.Erik, DJ Wels; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $30, all ages

SATURDAY, MAY 23

COOKIE MOUNTAIN—If you missed out on past Portland performances, don't sleep on the mighty TV on the Radio this time around. Conducting their victory lap after releasing the flawless Dear Science, the Brooklyn-based band still wears the crown as . But if any band can knock them off that throne, it very well might be tonight's openers Dirty Projectors. EAC

Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 9 pm, $20, all ages

S.O.V.—To the uninitiated, a tiny, 23-year-old white Londoner named Lady Sovereign might not seem like one of the most distinctive and talented voices in hiphop—but with her vivacious, smart, funny, and insanely contagious debut, Public Warning (2006), she established herself as just that. While her new album, Jigsaw, isn't as good, you'd be a fool to pass up this show, which'll be as much fun as you'll have all week. EH

w/Chester French, Hollywood Holt; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $15

SUNDAY, MAY 24

PICTURE BOOKS—Before they were movies, they were books that required you to read. See iconic works of filmerature like Midnight Cowboy, Jaws, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and more, as part of the Wordstock Book-to-Film Festival screening at various McMenamins theaters all weekend—and impress your friends when you snobbily insist the book is better. JC

Mission Theater, Kennedy School, Bagdad Theater; Sat May 23-Sun May 24, $3, see Movie Times on pg. TK for complete schedule

PARTY PIT—Few bands have experienced a meteoric rise to prominence like Boston's Passion Pit. If you think the band is on an upward swing now, just wait until more people hear their masterful full-length, Manners. The band's wild, glitchy bedroom electronic sound is capped by helium-voiced singer Michael Angelakos and his adorable lovestruck lyrics. EAC

Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 9 pm, $12.50-15, all ages

MONDAY, MAY 25

HE CARES—At his last Portland show, King Khan punched out a member of the audience for acting like a jackass. See? Khan not only busts out heavy, grimy garage rock with his German backing band the Shrines—he cares about the quality of his swingin' soul revue enough to take matters into his own hands. NL

w/Mark Sultan, the Fresh & Onlys; Dante's, 1 SW 3rd, 9 pm, $10

DRAMATIS PERSONAE—You might know Annie Clark as the ace shredder in Polyphonic Spree, but as St. Vincent, the Dallas-raised wunderkind weaves two tattered music idioms—singer/songwriter and prog-style noodling—into a textured whole. Tonight, Clark returns to Portland on the heels of her second album, the darker, craftier Actor. AS

w/Pattern Is Movement; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $15, all ages

TUESDAY, MAY 26

MUSICALGrey Gardens mania continues in the wake of the Drew Barrymore/Jessica Lange film based on the original documentary, with Portland Center Stage's production of Grey Gardens, the musical! Eccentric and glamorous cat ladies, your ship has come to port. MS

Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th, 7:30 pm, $30.50-67, through June 21

DOLLHOUSE—Still around and kickin' (some of 'em, anyway), grandpappies of punk/glam/new wave the New York Dolls are back, and touring the world in support of their newest release, Cause I Sez So. Don't miss the band that influenced the Ramones, Blondie, Kiss, the Clash, Morrissey... shall I go on? Or shall you just go? WSH

w/the Cliks; Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd, 8:30 pm, $22-25

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

FLYING SAUCERS—Catch a camp classic with a soundtrack of live strings, electronica, and voice actors! Tonight, the Filmusik ensemble—who did a similar thing with vintage Superman cartoons some months back—takes on the legendarily awful Plan 9 from Outer Space, complete with live sound effects. MD

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, Wed May 27 & Fri May 29, 7 pm, $10

MYSTERY—A dead waitress behind a dumpster, autopsies, perfectly managed facial hair, and beer—OMSI After Dark will let you drink while you solve a grisly mystery in the new CSI exhibit, where DNA analysis is always right and only takes a matter of minutes! BYO sexual tension. PAC

OMSI, 1945 SE Water, 6-10 pm, $10, 21+